Guidelines for the
Chadwick Lewis Memorial Grant
The Tennessee Herpetological Society invites
applications for the 2015-2016 THS Chadwick Lewis Memorial Grant for
projects that will directly or indirectly conserve the reptiles and
amphibians of Tennessee, increase scientific knowledge, or educate others
about the importance of Tennessee's reptiles and amphibians.
This $500.00 award is open to any Tennessee student with a reptile and/or
amphibian-related project. The project can already be underway if the
grant would adequately enhance it. Interested applicants should submit a
project proposal of a maximum of three double-spaced (12 point font) typed
pages. Please attach the following application form. Additional
information may be submitted in a letter.
Grant Form (MS Word format)
Grant Form (PDF)
The information needed includes: name, address, telephone, E-mail address
(if any) of applicant, topic, problem to be addressed, objectives,
expected results and significance, project location, beginning and ending
dates, estimated field time, estimated total cost of project, funds
available from other sources, how grant is to be used to either fully or
partially fund a project, experience of applicant in field, and if the
work is under the guidance of a mentor or is independent. Grant recipients
are required to present their research (either a progress report or final
report) at a subsequent annual meeting of the THS (meeting registration
will be waived for that year). The grant recipient will also be required
to submit a hard copy of the final report and any other reports assisted
by this award of this grant. The grant recipient will include in any
reports a Letter of Acknowledgement recognizing the award of the THS Chad
Lewis Memorial Grant.
A letter of recommendation should also be sent from a mentor or an
associate in reptile and amphibian studies. Up to 20 percent of the
stipend may be applied toward costs for attending a scientific meeting to
present results from your research.
Applications shall be judged by the THS Chad Lewis Memorial Grant
committee on a point system with a maximum score of 100 points. The
application receiving the highest score will be the recipient of the
grant. New submittals shall be given preference over recurring proposals.
Criteria for judging applications will be:
-- Clarity of proposal, 5 points max
-- Originality of proposal, 10 points max
-- Significance of problem addressed, 15 points max
-- Adequacy of project design, 10 points max
-- Adequacy of experience/training, 5 points max
-- Adequacy of professional guidance, 5 points max
-- Financial need, 10 points max
-- Chance for achieving objectives, 10 points max
-- Potential benefit to the species/resource, 20 points max
-- Potential for advancing career/studies, 10 points max
Total 100 points
The application and letter of recommendation should be emailed to: CLewisGrant@hotmail.com
for the 2015-2016 THS Chadwick Lewis Memorial Grant is January 31, 2016.
Applicants will be notified by March 1, 2016.